The Gideon’s Promise curriculum was developed to provide public defenders with a community of peers they could rely on for support, encouragement and inspiration. The turnover and burnout rate are high in public defense and the overwhelming caseloads that typify the profession often cause attorneys to abandon their values and commitment to the profession.

Accordingly, our public defenders are paired with a mentor who is either a Gideon’s Promise faculty member or current or former public defenders.

These mentors provide:

  • On-going support to participants between training sessions
  • Motivation to elevate the standard of representation for their clients
  • Reinforcement of values-based training and its importance for impacted communities

Law students considering a career in public defense have access to the following Gideon’s Promise opportunities: